Hans was as a child elected successor to the throne in all three
countries. In Denmark he became king without oppossition. In Norway
the powerful church turned against his election, but had to give up
and acclaim him, as he issued a document for Denmark and Norway, which
extended the Council’s and the nobility’s power considerably.
This document was also ment for Sweden. The Swedish Council could not
resist such an offer and elected Hans as their king.
But Sten Sture understood at meetings and sub-negotiations to delay
Hans, so that it took many years before he really got Sweden in his
In the year 1497, however, the old enmity between Sten Sture and the
Council broke into open fight.
Then king Hans caught the opportunity, left for Sweden with a large
army, and enclosed the country’s chief in Stockholm.
Dalkarlene’s rescue army was defeated by the Danes at Rotebro, and
when the victors returned, Sten Sture made an attack, which ended with
a huge defeat for him.
Eventually he gave up and acknowledged Hans on terms, that he himself
got Finland as len (county). Hans was crowned, and his son Christian
acclaimed as his successor. Thus the union was renewed exactly 100
years after the crowning in Kalmar.
Three years later king Hans was defeated in Ditmarsken, and Sweden
The nobilities were not always satisfied with king Hans, who with
severity maintained his power.
To the middle class king Hans showed predilection, and had for a short
time his son Christian brought up by a merchant from Copenhagen, Hans
Bogbinder. All together he was popular for his Danish way of living
and thinking. He was the first native born king after Valdemar
But by his good-temper he could be random, unfair and melancholy.
It it the same characteristics, but to a greater extend, which are
retrieved in his son.
Buried in Odense Gråbrødrekloster, later moved to St. Knuds Church
King Hans was son of Christian 1st and queen Dorothea.
In 1478 married to Christine of Sachsen (1461-1521).
They had the children:
2nd, 1481-1559, later king.
1485-1555, marrid in 1502 to Joachim 1st of Brandenburg.